16 days in South Africa Itinerary

16 days in South Africa Itinerary

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Cape Town
— 5 nights
Simon's Town
— 2 nights
Train to Capetown, Fly to Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay
— 1 night
Kruger National Park
— 3 nights
— 4 nights


Cape Town — 5 nights

Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
Appreciate the collections at District Six Museum and Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre. Head to Greenmarket Square and Baraka Gifts and Decorfor some retail therapy. Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Cape Point, get to know the fascinating history of Maclear's Beacon, buy something for everyone on your list at Cape Quarter Mall, and take in the waterfront activity at Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Cape Town day trip site.

London, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from London to Cape Town due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in November, plan for warmer days in Cape Town, with highs around 28°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Simon's Town.
Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Museums
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Simon's Town — 2 nights

Tourism in Simon's Town, a village and naval base nestled on the shores of False Bay, thrives primarily thanks to the area's famous African penguin colony.
For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Simon's Town holiday maker app.

Traveling by car from Cape Town to Simon's Town takes an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll set off for Plettenberg Bay on the 28th (Mon).
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Wineries
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Plettenberg Bay — 1 night

As one of South Africa's most popular beach destinations, the resort town of Plettenberg Bay comes to life in December and January, when the holiday homes fill up with domestic tourists and foreigner visitors.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Robberg Nature Reserve and then stroll through Birds of Eden.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Plettenberg Bay planner.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Simon's Town to Plettenberg Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Simon's Town in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Plettenberg Bay, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Kruger National Park.
Parks · Wildlife
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Kruger National Park — 3 nights

One of Africa's largest game sanctuaries and part of UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Program, Kruger National Park provides an immersive experience of wildlife.
Visiting Kruger National Park and Safaris will get you outdoors. Head to Kingfisher Gallery and Godding & Goddingfor some retail therapy. Take a break from Kruger National Park with a short trip to Spas in Hoedspruit, about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: trek along Wolhuter Wilderness Trail.

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You can fly from Plettenberg Bay to Kruger National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Plettenberg Bay in November, you will find days in Kruger National Park are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Johannesburg.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
Side Trips
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Johannesburg — 4 nights

Founded when gold was discovered in the area in the late 19th century, Johannesburg quickly grew into a bustling metropolis, South Africa's largest city and the region's economic hub.
Head to I was shot in Joburg and Walter Sisulu Squarefor some retail therapy. Museum-lovers will get to explore Apartheid Museum and Constitution Hill Human Rights Precinct. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Mandela House, try out the rides at Gold Reef City, take a stroll through Maboneng Precinct, and revel in the low prices at The Diamond Ring By GC Manufacturing Jewellery.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Johannesburg route planner.

Getting from Kruger National Park to Johannesburg by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December in Johannesburg, expect temperatures between 33°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.
Casinos · Fun & Games · Theme Parks · Museums
Side Trip
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South Africa travel guide

Nature & Parks · Wineries & Vineyards · Mountains
Rainbow Nation
The landscapes of South Africa match its people in terms of diversity, richness, and vitality. From desert lands and coastlines, to the famous nature reserves sheltering the "Big Five" game animals, the country has natural charm in spades. The main cities provide a wealth of bars, clubs, shopping districts, and entertainment options to please the most demanding visitors, while traditional life can still be admired and respected in a collection of villages with beehive-style huts and an age-old cultural heritage. When in need of a minute to digest all that's happened during your trip to South Africa, sit down to a braai (traditional barbecue), and a bottle of wine made at one of the country's thriving vineyards.